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KimberlyBooks_ELSIGAvoiding the 7 Deadly Sins of Global Leadership Development - A "Design Thinking" Approach

(This keynote was developed and delivered in Tokyo for a Marcus Evans HR event, and then on HR.com.) Turning a capable manager into an effective leader has never been as simple as sending someone to a class. And when the need is people who can lead globally, the challenge is even greater. Companies today must expand overseas in order to sustain the profitable growth their businesses require. Clearly recruiting, retaining and developing talented people capable of leading global growth is one of the most important challenges facing these businesses.

Relying solely on OJT for leadership development has proven ineffective. Consider this - people attending leadership development programs have, on average, been managing people for over 10 years. And yet, many of these experienced managers still suffer from fatal flaws such as the inability to inspire others, poor collaboration skills, and the failure to develop both themselves and their people.

Unfortunately off-the-job leadership development programs suffer from predictable and avoidable pitfalls that reduce the effectiveness of these costly programs. Chief among these are the “7 deadly sins” of global leadership development programs. I have observed these problems at close range during many years of facilitating mixed-culture global leadership programs throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Practically every company that I’ve consulted with over the past decade is violating several of these common sense principles.

Of the 100 largest US companies at the beginning of the 1900s, only 16 are still in existence. Your ability to survive as a global business depends directly on your people. If you are responsible for developing your company's future global business leaders, you have tremendous influence on how well positioned your company is to succeed in the increasingly competitive global business environment.

These 7 items form a highly effective checklist for anyone determined to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in global talent development. Full of relevant anecdotes and statistics, this lively and engaging webinar will equip you to avoid these 7 deadly sins, and dramatically increase your company’s chances of surviving and thriving well into the future.

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